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Getting Divorced? How to Keep the Costs Down

The cost of your divorce depends on your individual situation but there are ways to keep the costs down.

1. Find an attorney who will give you a free initial consultation. In that consultation, you can find out what papers you will need to get started and how to get things done quickly and efficiently. Don't forget to ask your lawyer not only what he or she would charge to take the case but how much he or she charges per hour.

House divided.jpg3. Be Prepared. If you can't agree at first, know what papers you will need at your fingertips to get started. You will need copies of your most recent bank and retirement statements. You will need copies of your mortgage and credit card statements as well as your most recent pay stub, tax return and W2.

4. Be Informed. Keep in mind that there is no one way to get divorced. You can come in with a complete agreement which is the cheapest route. You can then use only one attorney and finish the process as soon as possible. If your husband or wife has been out of the picture for a long time and is likely to ignore the whole process, you can have him or her served with papers and when he or she doesn't respond get a "default divorce". You can go to a private mediator which may not cost as much as filing in court but that depends on the cost of the mediator. You can try collaborative divorce but that may be more expensive depending on how many professionals in addition to attorneys you retain.

These are just a few tips for keeping the costs down in a divorce which may be helpful to remember in that first consultation with a divorce attorney.

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